The Summer of Riley

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Harper Collins, Nov 30, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 176 pages
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"Maybe that's one of the reasons people get dogs, to kind of close up the empty places inside them."

Eleven-year-old William never needed a friend more than now. After his parents' separation, his father's new engagement, and his grandfather's dying without any warning -- adopting big, beautiful Riley is the first thing in a long time that has made him feel better. That is, until Riley innocently chases a horse.

Local law states that any animal that chases livestock must be put to sleep. Suddenly William stands to lose another thing close to him. Together with his "totally unsurpassed" friend Grace, William begins a campaign to reverse the county commissioners' decision. But with a community divided on the issue, and the bully Ellis Porter trying to stop them at every turn, will they be able to save Riley's life?

Celebrated author Eve Bunting shows William's determined struggle to fight for what he believes in. The Summer of Riley is an inspiring novel about learning to accept life's changes, the healing power of friendship, and the unending desire to protect those we love.

 

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User Review  - Jigglean - Borders

AMAZING! i dont know what to say because there really is nothing to say other than this book is INCREDIBLE.... i dont know how to explain but, WOW! this book made me cry, smile, laugh, and had me ... Read full review

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when I closed the book after reading the last word I wanted to forget everything and read it over again, that's how good it was. I loved this book it is my favorite. it is sad and happy. I shared the emotions with William as if I where in his spot.

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
8
Section 3
15
Section 4
20
Section 5
25
Section 6
33
Section 7
40
Section 8
46
Section 13
91
Section 14
104
Section 15
113
Section 16
122
Section 17
130
Section 18
139
Section 19
144
Section 20
152

Section 9
55
Section 10
63
Section 11
73
Section 12
84
Section 21
161
Section 22
167
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About the author (2010)

Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and came to California with her husband and three children. She is one of the most acclaimed and versatile children's book authors, with more than two hundred novels and picture books to her credit. Among her honors are many state awards, the Kerlan Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Regina Medal, the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America awards, and a PEN International Special Achievement award for her contribution to children's literature. In 2002, Ms. Bunting was chosen to be Irish-American Woman of the Year by the Irish-American Heritage Committee of New York.

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